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|Two Firms Vying for Master Facilities Plan Manager
|The Galesburg School District now has two firms in mind who will oversee the construction of the first $30 million worth of work to be done in the new Master Facilities Plan.
The plan's Implementation Committee Monday whittled down a list of seven building and construction firms that could serve as construction manager down to two -- Quad Cities-based Russell Construction, and Chicago-based Gilbane Building Company.
But District-205 Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Guy Cahill, tells WGIL there's a possible conflict of interest with Gilbane, because Galesburg-based Johnson Building Systems is planning to partner with both Gilbane if they're hired, and Peoria-based PSA Dewberry if they're hired as the plan's architect.
"Because of some other interests on the part of the district, and some other needs of the district, there may be a potential solution," Cahill said. "That, of course, involves our current district architect firm, and a role that [Metzger-Johnson] they can continue to play one way or another."
Cahill says it's also possible Johnson could be asked to partner with one firm or the other, but not both.
In the meantime, implementation committee members next week will tour projects both Gilbane and Russell have worked on, and they will be interviewed in a meeting open to the public a week from Thursday night, Saint Patrick's Day, at 6pm at Lincoln School.
"Russell is an excellent contractor, an excellent firm," said Bob Fulton, committee member. "They do a great job. And, Gilbane is a very top-notch company, too. I've seen and been involved in some of their work."
Among projects Russell has worked on include a number of projects at Monmouth College, and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.
|03 08 11 by Newsroom
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